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Schneier slams Australia's encryption laws and CyberCon speaker bans | ZDNet
"Today, everyone uses the same stuff. Everyone uses TCP/IP and Cisco routers and PDF files and iPhones, and either you build them to be secure for everybody, or you build them to be secure for nobody.".
surveillance  privacy  security  backdoor 
9 days ago by djbl
Facebook, WhatsApp Will Have to Share Messages With U.K. - Bloomberg
Twitter thread advocating the use of open, distributed chat protocols
privacy  encryption  backdoor  against  Facebook  WhatsApp 
14 days ago by dandv
Attorney General Bill Barr will ask Zuckerberg to halt plans for end-to-end encryption across Facebook's apps • Buzzfeed News
Ryan Mac and Joseph Bernstein:
<p>Attorney General Bill Barr, along with officials from the United Kingdom and Australia, is set to publish an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking the company to delay plans for end-to-end encryption across its messaging services until it can guarantee the added privacy does not reduce public safety.

A draft of the letter, dated Oct. 4, is set to be released alongside the announcement of a new data-sharing agreement between law enforcement in the US and the UK; it was obtained by BuzzFeed News ahead of its publication.

Signed by Barr, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, acting US Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, the letter raises concerns that Facebook’s plan to build end-to-end encryption into its messaging apps will prevent law enforcement agencies from finding illegal activity conducted through Facebook, including child sexual exploitation, terrorism, and election meddling.

"Security enhancements to the virtual world should not make us more vulnerable in the physical world," the letter reads. "Companies should not deliberately design their systems to preclude any form of access to content, even for preventing or investigating the most serious crimes."</p>

China. Russia. Saudi Arabia. Turkey. You really want dissidents who live in those countries to be less secure? I think DNS-over-HTTPS (on which more later) goes too far in obfuscation, but encryption doesn't. The police can catch criminals, and have done for decades before electronic surveillance. (Also, Barr and Patel are terrible, terrible people, though this won't be their idea.)
police  encryption  backdoor 
15 days ago by charlesarthur
The Tick
A simple embedded Linux backdoor.
Linux  backdoor 
23 days ago by aiefel
The FBI Tried to Plant a Backdoor in an Encrypted Phone Network - VICE
The FBI wanted a backdoor in Phantom Secure, an encrypted phone company that sold to members of the Sinaloa cartel, and which is linked to the alleged leaking of sensitive law enforcement information in Canada.
encryption  backdoor 
4 weeks ago by wck

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